Today I upgraded to the 'new Microsoft Edge' browser. Fine and dandy, and there are functions for improving the user's reading or listening to texts.
In the 'read aloud' function, you can hear ENGLISH read in any one of a dozen or so 'foreign accents' (not in the foreign language itself - though that is of course available too - but with an 'accent' that resembles a 'typical' Italian, Polish or Chinese person's accent in English (pronunciation I mean of course).
Why in the world did Microsoft come up with this option? There must be a reason, but when I learned the 'foreign languages' I know, I never dreamed of trying to pronounce them with a 'typical' accent of somebody from my country! (Or is this perhaps expected today?) This seems perfectly nonsensical, but I will reserve judgement on it, hoping that someone can explain the reason. It might help actors learn the 'accents' they need for a new movie, or undercover agents preparing for a new assignment.